Movie and TV Filming Locations

EUE/Screen GemsMovie and TV Filming Locations

With hundreds of movies and television shows having filmed in the Wilmington area over the years, it's often referred to as "Hollywood East"

Feature films ranging from The Hunger Games to Dirty Dancing continue to give movie buffs plenty of action when they visit North Carolina. Look, there’s the bridge in Charlotte’s Freedom Park behind that scene of Damian Lewis in Showtime’s Homeland. There’s Wilmington’s Front Street where Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell stroll in NBC’s Revolution, and the convention center where Julianne Hough filmed a sequence for Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven. If you were on the Cape Fear Riverwalk back in 2012, you could have seen Jennifer Aniston in a pre-production meeting for We’re the Millers. Dan Ackroyd came to the Wilmington area to film Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy in 2013, for release in 2014.

Moviegoers who visit North Carolina can visit shooting locations for the film that scored the second-highest domestic opening of all time, Iron Man 3, with an itinerary that includes the Oak Island beach community, the small towns of Rose Hill and Kenansville, urban Raleigh and suburban Cary. On the streets along the Cape Fear River, a dozen or so different Wilmington tours depart by land and water and include film-focused Segway tours and Hollywood walking tours.

The Hunger Games was shot on locations and sets from Concord to Barnardsville, including an abandoned mill village in Hildebran, DuPont State Recreational Forest near Brevard, and a warehouse hub in Shelby. There are also tours of District 12 and Arena sites in Charlotte and Asheville.

Going back in movie history, guides in Lake Lure offer pontoon boat tours of spots where scenes from 1987’s Dirty Dancing were shot. Beautiful and timeless scenery in the nearby mountains set the scene for 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans. The year after its release in 1988, the movie Bull Durham spurred a 25 percent increase in tourism in North Carolina’s Triangle area, where it was filmed.

More than 800 features have been filmed in North Carolina since 1980 including movies like Nights In Rodanthe, Leatherheads, The Color Purple, Days of Thunder, Nell, Dirty Dancing, Forrest Gump, Shallow Hal, A Walk to Remember, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Patch Adams, Last of the Mohicans, The Hunt for Red October, The Green Mile, The Fugitive, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Television favorites such as Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and Matlock have been shot here, along with pilots for the shows Hart of Dixie and Revenge. For a complete list of North Carolina film and TV productions from 1950 until today, visit the North Carolina Film Office website.


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